Devil Sermon Illustrations

Devil Sermon Illustrations

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The Winner in a Game of Death

There is a wonderful picture called "The Game of Death," in which a young man is represented as playing chess with the Devil. The Devil has apparently won the game by the position of the chessmen. A noted chess player once went to see the picture, and after looking at it, he said, "I can save that fellow." He then explained how the chessmen should be moved to save the game. "That," said Dr. Stuart Holden, "is what Jesus Christ has done. He has in one move eternally checkmated death and the Devil, and snatched the prey from the mighty."—The Sunday Circle.

How to Overcome

There is only one way by which the tempter can be met. He laughs at our good resolutions and ridicules the pledges with which we fortify ourselves. There is only One whom he fears; One who in the hour of greatest weakness conquered him; and who has been raised far above all principality and power, that He may succor and deliver all frail and tempted souls. He conquered the prince of this world in the days of His flesh; and He is prepared to do as much again, in each of us, if only we will truly surrender ourselves to His gracious and mighty indwelling.—F. B. Meyer.

Everlasting Watchfulness

The words in Luke 4:13, "And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season," should be carefully noted. They do not mean that after Satan tempts us, we are immune from his attacks for a little while. They do not mean that Satan will give us rest in order to recuperate for another siege of temptation. Nor do they mean that God will prevent Satan from tempting us for a time. The words, "he departed from him for a season," literal­ly translated, are, "he stood off from him until a good opportunity should return" to continue the attack. When the Devil stops tempting us, it is only because he seeks to catch us unaware.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

The Real Question

A little boy came to his father looking much in earnest, and asked, "Father, is Satan bigger than I am?" "Yes, my boy," said the father. "Is he bigger than you are, Father?" "Yes, my boy, he is bigger than your father," The boy looked surprised but thought again, and asked, "Is he bigger than Jesus?" "No, my boy," answered the father. "Jesus is bigger than he is." The little fellow, as he turned away, said with a smile, "Then I'm not afraid of him."—Sunday School Banner.

Why He Did Not Believe in a Devil

A friend of mine once asked me if I believed in a personal devil, to which I replied with some emphasis, "No!" His only answer was a lifting of eyebrows as though wondering at my heterodoxy; whereupon I proceeded to clear myself: "I most certainly believe there is a personal devil, but far be it from me to believe in him. He is a liar and the father of lies, and how he has lied about the Word of God! It has been the method of Satan from the beginning to tamper with, distort, and otherwise cast doubts upon the Word. "Yea, hath God said ...?" was the crafty, doubt-sowing utterance by which he deceived Eve. —Dr. E. J. Pace.

He Got Left

Clara Logan sat by a log fire telling stories of children. "A lady," she said, "was reclining on a couch in her library one night, with the light low, trying to sleep. Beside her on the table was a dish of fine fruit. As she lay there she saw her little daughter tiptoe into the room, in her long, white nightgown. The child, thinking her mother was asleep, ad­vanced cautiously to the table, took a bunch of grapes, and stole out again, The mother was grieved at such misconduct on the part of her good little daughter, but said nothing. Five minutes passed, then back into the room again crept the child, the grapes untouched. She replaced them on the dish and as she departed her mother heard her utter, "That's the time you got left, Mr. Devil!"—Selected.


He that goes to bed angry, has the devil for his roommate—yea, for his bed fellow—nay, he lies not only in his bed, but in his bosom. The way to be angry and sin not is to be angry at nothing but sin (Ps. 27:9; Eph. 4:26).—The Evangel.

Following the Leader

In a Midwest packing house there is an animal that has become an "institution." For many years he has carried on. It is a goat, dubbed Judas. Regularly, unfailingly, he leads the sheep to the slaughter. They always follow the scoundrel; he delights in it. Unsuspectingly, sheep-like, they follow his prancing feet to their destruction, certain and sure, while he darts out another way to safety, again to lead fresh victims on the morrow. He has led millions to their destruction. How like "the god of this age" leading the unthinking masses, custom-bound, blinded, in the succession of the generations one along the track of the other, sheep-like, to their unspeakable doom!—Gospel Herald.

When Satan Approaches

A little Christian was once asked if Satan did not tempt her to do wrong things and how she kept from doing them.

The answer was: "Yes, I know he wants to get me, but when Satan knocks at the door of my heart I just say, `Jesus, won't You go to the door?' and when Satan sees Jesus, he runs away every time."

The strongest man that ever lived is not strong enough to meet Satan alone! —S. S. Quarterly.

A Personal Devil

He is called in the Bible:

  1. Angel of the bottomless pit (Rev. 9:11).

  2. Accuser (Rev. 12:10).

  3. Belial (II Cor. 6:15).

  4. Adversary (I Peter 5:8).

  5. Beast (Rev. 19:19).

  6. Beelzebub (Matt. 12:24).

  7. Deceiver (Rev. 12:9).

  8. Dragon (Rev. 12:7).

  9. God of this world (II Cor. 4:4).

  10. Liar and murderer (John 8:44).

  11. Serpent (Rev. 12:9).

  12. Prince of this world (John 12:31).

  13. Tempter (I Thess. 3:5).

  14. Prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2) .—Selected

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